Wherever men congregate to talk about women, a common question arises: What’s the best self-defense/martial art for men? The debates are endless and generally pointless, because the guys who argue about this stuff don’t actually fight.
Everyone has an opinion, and you can tell right away that most everyone is full of shit.
I’ve been in well over 100 fights, boxed in a ring, and fought MMA. I’ve had my nose broken twice, had shoulder separations and broken bones from training, and knots so deep that I had to lay on a lacrosse ball to get relief, and a Thera Cane become my best friend.
When foam rolling my knots, I heard the sound of scrunching cellophane.
Street fighting is, to me, a joke.
After getting my nose broken in a Combat Sambo match, I went to a Turkish bath house is a shitty New Jersey neighborhood. After we ran out of vodka, I walked through the ghetto for another bottle. The Russian mob boss wanted me to move out East to work for him. Recently my eye was split open after a guy sprinted across the street, sucker punching me. I laughed about it.
Do you know what the best self-defense is for men?
It’s something that – if I had to choose – I’d value above all else. It’s also an answer that tells me right away whether a guy has been around, or is just another pathetic keyboard player.
Wait for it.
Yeah, that’s how you can tell whether a guy knows what he’s talking about.
If you have broad shoulders, some trap muscles, and a thick back, guys generally going to fuck with you.
When I boxed at 163 pounds, more guys were willing to fight me than when I bulked up to 240 pounds. I was quicker, more agile, and just fucking meaner and more desirous of inflicting pain at 163. My lighter self would have fucked my heavier self up.
Yet guys size each other up by height and weight. If you’re carrying more, well-proportioned weight, you’re not going to get much drama.
The best self-defense for the player is to stop arguing over the “best” martial art, and to get under the bar. Put on 20 pounds of muscle, and you’ll find that most men have no interest in starting a fight with you.